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F.A.Q. Appliances with CFCs

The MCMUA operates one of NJ's most comprehensive household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. This F.A.Q. page and information on hazardous materials is intended as a guide about HHW materials as well as the MCMUA's HHW program. This information is a general guide and does not constitute official rule, regulation or law.


  • Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, water coolers contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a substance that when released, reacts with ozone in the upper atmosphere, reducing this layer’s protective properties against ultraviolet radiation.


  • Handle in a way that does not damage coils containing refrigerants.
  • Under federal law, CFCs must be removed before the appliance can be recycled.

MCMUA's Facility Database

Management Options

  • Freon Containing Appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers.
  • White goods, large appliances including ovens, washing machines and refrigerators, are listed as a mandated recyclable material in Morris County. All appliances using CFCs are included in this ban.
  • If the appliance is still functioning, call your electric company to see if they have a take-back program for high demand appliances.
  • Check your Town’s Recycling Services Directory or Yellow Pages for scrap metal dealers who take white goods. Ask for certification that CFCs are removed according to EPA protocol.
  • CFCs must also be removed from car air conditioners before they can be scrapped.

Area Markets That Manage White Goods with CFCs